|The title Con[text] itself is a play on words "con" meaning with in Spanish and "text" referring to any written language. Literal context is added to an image with the addition of words, numbers, letters. Shots of billboards, graffiti, headstones or even the illusion of a letter or word counts. The following examples have been shown at Darkroom Gallery in past exhibitions or provided by juror Tim Clark.
William Horton's The Perfect Perch is a perfect example of text naturally occurring and re-instating the origins of a subject. It adds a richness to the image and authenticates the windmill.
Barbara Dombach's The Sparrow is an example of two different kinds of text within the same image, handwriting is juxtaposed with the typeface of "June" in this dream-like image.
Sean Stewart's Comfortable Alley no34 is an example of an image with symbols that do not have legible words but the viewer knows they have meaning, obstruction of this meaning makes the photograph all the more mysterious. As this can also be true for text in a different language.
EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine) is an example of collage. The artist took 2 found objects, in this case, mail and a iconic photograph and played them off one another along with a handwritten addition, it tells a unique story with all these multi layers at play.
Harold Ross's "Flying Fish" is an example of a hidden symbol within an image. Can you see the letter T in this photograph? Do you think this is a happy mistake or a consious choice of Ross?
Hugh Jones' Alice in Wonderland is an example of numbers or letters creating an overall texture or pattern, adding another layer of meaning to the image.
Fritzi Newton's If Doors Could Talk is an example of documentary photography that just so happens to have fragments of words in the found scene. When you are walking around with your camera you must capture some signage or logos in your shots, this is fair game for Con[text].
Roz Leibowitz's Annie Julia or Life After Death is a construction of a taken image along with the artist's written word. This is indicative of the dadaist movement, informing the viewer of a specific context to analyze the image.
Juror: Amy Holmes George
A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound.
Juror's Choice Self Destruction © Samantha Goss
The above quotation comes not from a photographer, but from 19th century French poet (and art critic) Charles Baudelaire. It's still an accurate observation, maybe even more incisive with the many changes in image-making that have taken place since 1859. In the age of the selfie and ubiquitous photos of people both famous and unknown it's sometimes hard to imagine a new way of presenting a human likeness, and yet photographers are doing it. It's said that the portrait differs from the candid (or street) photo in that the subject of the portrait knows that she or he is being photographed, and even that caveat is no longer a hard and fast rule.
For this exhibition we asked contributors to interpret the portrait in any way they chose. It could be a self portrait, a formal portrait, a from-the-hip shot of someone whose attention was caught, or even a random body part. Manipulation of the image was permitted as long as the primary subject was from a photographic source in any medium. Thinking, or seeing, outside the box was very much encouraged, and many of the contributors stretched the concept of the portrait to the extreme. The result is an eclectic exhibit of creative approaches to photographing people (and one rooster).
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Submissions Close:||27 February 19 23:59 EST|
|Selections Announced:||by 7 March 19|
|On-Line Check-in Due:||15 March 19|
|Work Receipt Deadline:||1 April 19|
|Exhibit Opens:||4 April 19|
|Artists' Reception:||13 April 19 17:00|
|Exhibit Closes:||12 May 19|
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"First, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the artists for sharing their personal vision in photography with me! You made my task as juror both challenging and rewarding. I was genuinely excited to discover so much diversity in approach and technique, along with rich, creative interpretations on such a traditional and timeless theme. It seems that photography, a medium of limitless possibilities, has enabled artists to refresh and also reinvent the familiar, long-standing conventions of portraiture. From quiet to compelling, simple to complex, curious to captivating—the works selected for this exhibition range widely in visual as well as conceptual exploration, conjuring stories that exist beyond the frame, surprising me over and over again with something unexpected."
- Amy Holmes George, March 2019
|108/365/2017 :: My Love of Photography will Conquer My Fear of Being A Photographer.|
|Chester and His Frame, 2016|
|Godwin's Greek Grammar (Self-Portrait)|
|The Days of Barefoot, Strange Love|
|Secret Club (from the Card Games series)|
|Johanna Butt. 1stLt. Army Nurse Corp. 1943–1946.|
|Thomas Whetstone. SSgt. U.S. Army, 1942-1946.|
|235/366/2016 :: Fear Smells Bad.|
|Queer in Utah 1|
|Portrait in modern times|
|The Monster Under the Bed is Me|
|The Dancing Shushis of Qeshm Island|
|JuJuB & Jasper|
|You Don't Know What You're Capable Of|
|In the Land of Strangers|
|Street Portrait, Addis Ababa |
|Mobile Portrait |
|Man with Turban|
|Hula Hoop Queen|
|Under the Influence|
|Tour bus driver|
|Carlos Colorín. Havana, Cuba. 2018.|
|Mom and Baby. Near Pisac, Peru. 2018.|
|Water Portrait - Barbara|
|Barbaric Glass No.31|
|A Dead Rose|
Amy Holmes George, who lives near Dallas, Texas, is a fine art photographer and the past Executive Director of Texas Photographic Society (2013-2018). As a former tenured professor of photography and digital media at Stephen F. Austin State University, Amy has also held teaching appointments at Collin College, Baylor University and University of North Texas. Amy is a recent member of the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education (2013-2017) and a 2008 Fulbright grant recipient. She earned an MFA in photography from Clemson University and a BFA cum laude in photography and graphic design from Miami University.
Exhibited widely throughout the U.S. as well as in Italy, England, France and China, Amy's work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions and is housed in several permanent collections, including The Getty, The Kinsey Institute and the Fratelli Alinari Museum in Florence, Italy. Her work has been published in a variety of texts, including the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes [Christopher James, 2015]; Gum Printing and other Amazing Contact Printing Processes [Christina Z. Anderson, 2013]; and the fifth edition of Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels [Robert Hirsch, 2010].
Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik
Juror's Choice "Vapor" © Joanna Stuart
Water: it goes without saying that it's crucial to life on this planet. The surface of the earth is more than 70% water, and the human body is composed of up to 60% water. We humans feel an intimate connection with water and have expressed that connectivity in our art for thousands of years. No surprise, then that photographers are attracted to water in its many forms and guises: everything from oceans, lakes and rivers to the sheen of rain on wet pavement.
For this exhibition we asked for creative wetness, including water in its other guises, such as ice, snow, or steam. The subject matter of the photos could be virtually anything as long as water or wetness is included. Think of the ways a surface is transformed by a gloss of water, the many ways of picturing water droplets, and the ways in which water is used in technology. The photos we received covered conveyed water in a multitude of guises. We were pleased to see that photographers addressed the environmental impact of water as a destructive force, but also great and sublime beauty.
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To quote from Poetic Grace,”water carries mystery, reflects back a life, can be a million jewels of dewdrops, brightens the dullest subject, can be the most powerful force, and yet gently causes reverie while gazing upon it soft sensuality.” As a juror I found all this among the many beautiful images submitted but I went looking to see what else it is and often discovered less would have been more. Many images made it to the near final edit but those technically executed, well composed, collaged with intent, seen in the right light, or that challenged an idea made it to the final cut. During the jury process I held a piece of Matt board to my screen to view strong image portions where the whole just missed. Conscious photographers carefully saw the edges or layers within the frame and submitted those images. With so many strong contenders, it was heartbreaking to make choices where minutia made the difference. I congratulate the winners for your visually savvy eyes and ideas. Please do not be discouraged if your image did not make this exhibition. Be challenged to seek the mystery found between ordinary and extraordinary as you discover your less is more. It was an honor to view so much creativity.
Elizabeth Opalenik Oakland, CA January 2019
|Gatherer of Light|
|Water Tapestry: Dancing Light|
|Water Bottles No. 2|
|Pink Lily with Blue|
|Sumac and Snow|
|The Mighty Atlantic|
|Zen Garden inversion|
|Liv at Blackhand Gorge|
|Getting Their Feet Wet|
|The Joy of Dancing|
|October 20 7:34 from the series Fertile Ground|
|Harbor Park in Fog 5|
|Three Steaming Eggs|
|misty morning grapes vines|
|T-107 Along the Duwamish|
|Geometry of Swimming|
|Small Pond, Portland, Maine 2018|
|River Ice No.2, Marlboro, Vermont 2016|
|See Into Sky, Series II|
|Rocky Mountains Submerged|
|Garden Water Tapestry: Gingko|
|Between the Wish and the Thing|
|Water droplets, Troy, New York, April 2017|
|Shower Portrait, Troy, New York, October 2016|
|The Wetness of Flakes|
|She Found a Mister|
|Between the Raindrops|
|Lilly and Pads|
|Rear Window Under Streetlight|
|Water Reflections, Venice (from "The Lagoon" series)|
|Atherton Brook 2|
|Rocks on a beach|